Skubick: Last Day For Road Funding Deal

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – You know it’s going to be a long night when they roll in the refreshment boxes.

A lobby firm puts out a spread of goodies, fruit and drinks, non-alcoholic by the way.

The reason why lawmakers will be working late is the governor and legislative leaders have a deal to fix the roads. However Governor Snyder warns, “by no means have we solved the transportation problem but now we have a solution.”

The proposal does not solve the road problem because the voters have to approve the one percent sales tax increase.

If they don’t, the governor concedes, “we have to start over again, but this is about solving the problem.”

But the anti-tax lobby argues the package creates a problem for tax payers.

With a “$1.8 billion increase, we will pay 17 percent more in sales taxes and the car registration fees on your birthday will go up on your car,” said Scott Hagerstrom, anti-tax lobbyist.

In addition to boosting the sales tax and car registration fees the deal does repeal a 19 cent gas tax, replace the wholesale tax hike and allows a tax break for those in need.

“When one looks at the net tax effect for those who needy families if this passes it will actually be a net decrease in their tax burden,” said State Representative Tim Greimel, house democratic leader.

Now the challenge is to get the votes in the legislature to do all this and assuming that happens, and that is iffy, then the governor must sell it to the citizens for the May 15 vote.

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